Friday, May 18, 2012

DVR Alert

Turner Classic Movies is screening Captain from Castile, starring Tyrone Power, Jean Wells, and Cesar Romero on Sunday, 20 May - check your local listings for times. Freely adapted from Samuel Shellabarger's novel - and only covering the first half or so of the book - it's the story of a Spanish nobleman who flees the Inquisition and joins Hernán Cortés' expedition to Mexico.

The film is notable for its location shooting in Mexico, including an active volcanic eruption which can be seen in the background in a number of shots. The movie also features one of my favorite performances by Lee J. Cobb as Juan Garcia, flamboyant adventurer with a tortured soul.

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